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  • WorldRemit introduces mobile money transfers to Burundi

    WorldRemit, the online money transfer service, is launching instant mobile money transfers to Burundi. People from 50 countries in the world can now send money directly to EcoCash mobile wallets in Burundi. Burundians can now send money to their friends and family, with an instant message. “The 350 000 Burundians who live abroad can make instant, low-cost money transfers direct to the mobiles of their friends and family in Burundi,” WorldRemit said in a press release sent to Memeburn. WorldRemit already has a presence in Africa, and is available in 50 countries around the world and 120+ destinations and enables around...

  • 3 simple steps to getting smart on mobile security

    Mobile devices and apps are how work gets done these days. Employees aren’t tied to their desks, work doesn’t always mean sitting down from 9-5 and meetings can take place anywhere from a coffee shop to the sidelines of a soccer game. However, as the adoption of mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) continues to increase, both employers and employees need to be aware of their company’s security policies. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), smartphone shipments to the Middle East and Africa saw unprecedented year-on-year growth of 83% in Q4 of 2014. Another report by Forrester, found that...

  • Smartphone shipments still robust, but growth slowing

    We still have a massive appetite for smartphones, but there are early signs that the market's spectacular growth is slowing. According to a new report released by Juniper Research, smartphone shipments reached 338 million in Q2 2015, representing a year-on-year growth of 16%. The research house suggests that this represents an increasing maturity in the smartphone space, with the potential for new smartphone users gradually slowing. China on the rise Even within that context though, there's still room for emerging players to see serious growth. The launch of the P8 for instance helped Huawei to nearly 50% year-on-year growth. Xiaomi, its...

  • South Africa’s mobile money adoption rates are about to explode

    There’s an understanding by some that mobile money has no place in the developed world and only those countries that are far less advanced can this be of use. South Africa is, evidently so, a developing country as we carry the title of being the most unequal society in the world. The argument is that countries with an efficient and smooth running banking system like card payments and vast ATM spread like South Africa; mobile money will struggle to grow. This is not true and absolutely reflecting the lack of foresight by those who are pushing this line...

  • Do smart screens impact childhood development?

    Parenting comes with a never-ending stream of worries over diet, socialization, fitness, mental health and countless other problems. As if that weren’t stressful enough, recent studies have parents adding a new worry: smart screen time. Nowadays, kids as young as one or two have their own iPads, smart phones and tablets. Kids of all ages spend hours a day playing apps, video games and watching television or movies. It’s an effective way to keep children quiet and entertained, but experts are asking: at what cost? Research is inconclusive The technological boom has many people wondering if screen time affects childhood development. The results...

  • How technology has changed the way we watch sport on the go

    In 1936 in Berlin, Germany you could go to a television viewing station and watch the Summer Olympics which were happening at the same moment just across town. This was the World’s first live broadcast of sport. Fast forward to today and you can not only watch a sporting event live from the other side of the World, but you can now watch from virtually any place you please. Since Ancient Greece and before, humans have been extremely passionate about sport and want to be able to view their favorite event, individual, and team in action....

  • Mobile data to hit 52m terrabytes this year, will triple by 2018

    We are in the midst of a mobile data explosion. According to technology research house Gartner, global mobile data traffic is set to reach 52-million terabytes (TB) in 2015, an increase of 59% from 2014. And as more and more people get their hands on affordable smartphones and data rates continue to fall, Gartner predicts that number will more than triple in the next three years. By 2018, it says, mobile data levels are estimated to reach 173 million TB. "Mobile data traffic is soaring worldwide, more than tripling by 2018," said Jessica Ekholm, research director at Gartner. "New,...

  • Xiaomi partners with Uber, allowing consumers to purchase Mi Note on Uber

    Two of the biggest disruptors in the world are coming together to deliver phones in Singapore and Malaysia to buyers within minutes. Uber and Xiaomi have come together to offer what could be the most exciting partnership in some time, an on-demand delivery of the new Mi Note handsets. Announcing the promotion on Facebook, Xiaomi international chief Hugo Barra said that the partnership is exciting in that it is between “two of the most innovative tech startups in the world”. Uber also announced the partnership on its website, saying that: “Singapore, we know just how long you’ve been waiting...

  • Mobile fraud on the rise: how to fight back

    Think that you are safe? Believe that your mobile device is secure and your transactions completely protected? You’d be wrong… In February 2014, RiskIQ unveiled research that showed how malicious mobile apps in Google Play had spiked nearly 400%. That’s a staggering 388% increase from 2011 to 2013. In 2015, new research found that there were thousands of unauthorised apps and app stores that referenced high-level brands and that 17% of these were already blacklisted as they had failed a virus scan or linked users to a known source of malware. There are hundreds of thousands of apps and...

  • Always go full mobile: 5 reasons to operate your business from your smartphone

    What started out as a subconscious experiment has resulted in emancipation from the laptop shackles and provided me with some new-found clarity. We’ve been fortunate enough to work with a high profile mobile client over the past year and – as a result – have delved into current and future trends around productivity and mobile workforce scenarios. These are some of my thoughts from the various research and insights that we have been exposed to. Some points may seem obvious, but you will only fully appreciate the impact on your work / life balance once you have begun to implement...

  • Social media to contribute 13bn transactions to mobile money market

    Mobile payments are a growing force around the globe -- from the sophisticated tap 'n go mechanics of Apple Pay to the continued dominance and evolution of MPesa. One thing we tend to speak less about though is the role of social media in driving mobile transactions. But it could actually be incredibly significant. According to a new report from Juniper Research, social could be a major driver of mobile money transfers, which are expected to increase by nearly 150% in 2015 to more than 13-billion. According to the British research house, a major catalyst for this growth is...

  • Mobile will inevitably allow South Africans to ditch their wallets

    After years of hype the mobile commerce bandwagon may have just rolled into town. And if projections are anything to go by, the days of the traditional wallet might be numbered. The global mobile wallet market is projected to grow at an annual compounded growth rate of 36.8% over the next four years, according to research by RNR Market Research. Additionally, Statista predicts that the global mobile payment transaction volume is expected to reach US$721 billion in 2017, up from US$235 billion in 2013. Paypal, the leading provider of wallet services, now has circa 162 million active wallets. A further look at mobile...

  • How social media (using the power of mobile) can help you win at Omni-channel

    Omni-channel from a consumer viewpoint is the ability to have a seamless and consistent experience across multiple touchpoints, to engage with brands or to purchase a product. From a brand’s perspective omni-channel means leveraging and coordinating the customer experience across multiple channels of communications (web, face to face, emails, social media or mobile) to understand consumer behavioural patterns with the aim of delivering relevant product information to help with recruitment or retention strategies. The retail shopping experience has changed dramatically over the last few years. Shopping for a Fathers day gift at a local mall ten years ago literally meant...

  • New survey reveals how South Africans use mobile devices in the workplace

    More than 95 % of employees in South African companies rely on the use of mobile devices within the office. That's according to the results of recent survey, conducted by Dell in partnership with Microsoft. What is interesting about this number though is that it does not stipulate how many businesses have opted for mobile devices over desktop computers. Even with this, the fact that mobile devices are being used this much says a lot about the distracting effect they have had in businesses. To obtain the data, Dell surveyed IT professionals from companies with more than 250 employees. The...

  • MTN Swaziland partners with Ericsson to offer Ericsson Converged Wallet

    In a new step forward for mobile money, Ericson, the Swedish multinational provider of communication technology and services, has announced that MTN Swaziland has deployed Ericsson Converged Wallet. This will enable the operator to quickly introduce relevant, new and differentiated mobile financial services. Mobile money is big business and it is now though still at its early stages no longer the novelty it was a few years back. The move will see MTN introduce relevant, new and differentiated mobile financial services to more than 275 000 existing MTN Swaziland mobile wallet users and 3,000 agents. The new platform also serves...